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Regents revise graduation options for students with disabilities

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

At a December meeting, the Board of Regents approved a new option to enable more students with disabilities to graduate from high school with a local diploma, even if they do not receive passing scores on required math and English language arts (ELA) Regents exams.

Previously, students with disabilities could be eligible to graduate through a "superintendent determination" process if they earned a minimum score of 55 on both the math and ELA exams (or successfully appealed lower scores).


Tax levy growth for 2018-19 capped at 2 percent

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

The allowable tax levy growth factor for school districts will be capped at 2 percent for the 2018-19 fiscal year, according to State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli.

This year's levy growth factor of 2 percent is a significant increase over last year's figure, which was 1.26 percent.


In State of State, Andrew sounded like Mario

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

As he prepares to run for a third term this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered a State of the State message on Jan. 3 that was short on barbs for public education, which he criticized in prior years as a "monopoly" plagued by "failing" schools.

His 90-minute speech was laced with harsh words for the Trump Administration and came amid speculation that he is eyeing a presidential bid in 2020. He described his vision for the upcoming year as "probably the most challenging agenda that I have ever put forth."

It was Cuomo's eighth State of the State message, and it marked his third since his father, three-term governor Mario Cuomo, died on Jan. 1, 2015.


Cuomo vetoes multiple NYSSBA-supported bills

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Julie Marlette
Director of Governmental Relations

NYSSBA's 2017 legislative efforts resulted in passage of a number of bills that addressed issues of importance to school district leaders. But on Dec. 18, 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed several NYSSBA-supported bills.

"These vetoes are really disappointing, especially considering that many of the bills had wide bipartisan support in the Legislature," said NYSSBA President William Miller.

One bill - S.4283 (Murphy)/A.5965 (Galef) - would have made a technical adjustment to the state property tax cap to remove a disincentive for school districts to invest in updating and expanding BOCES facilities.


Want to keep taxes down? Increase state aid

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

If Gov. Cuomo and state lawmakers want to keep property taxes low, there is one surefire way to help do that: increase state aid.

A new NYSSBA analysis finds a relatively strong correlation between overall state aid allocations to school districts and the size of their property tax levies. In general, when districts get higher levels of state aid than the year before, the less they need to raise their property taxes.

That correlation doesn't hold true in every school district, but it does for more than half of them. The analysis found that 54 percent of school districts exhibited at least a small association between higher yearly state aid increases and slower growth in their tax levies.


NYS superintendents start a conversation about diversity, equity in schools

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By David Kraus
Special Correspondent

Lack of racial and ethnic diversity among educators in New York State is a problem that must and can be solved.

That was a key theme at a symposium hosted by the New York State Council of School Superintendents (the Council) on Dec. 8. The day-long gathering was co-sponsored by NYSSBA.

The event drew more than 130 superintendents, assistant superintendents, school board members and other educators to Saratoga Springs to learn about issues involving equity. Equity is the idea that treating all students the same does not achieve fairness; rather, students from different backgrounds may need different kinds of support in order to reach their potential.


Hope remains for 'Dreamers' despite Trump action on DACA

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By the New York State Association of School Attorneys

On Sept. 4, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions announced the Trump administration's intent to end a program begun five years earlier by President Obama called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The change will affect 800,000 undocumented aliens, including about 42,000 New York State residents.

Often referred to as Dreamers, DACA program participants are young people (currently 35 or younger) who were brought to the United States as children. After passing criminal background checks, they were afforded prosecutorial discretion to avoid deportation by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its immigration enforcement efforts. Notably, the program did not confer any substantive right, immigration status, or pathway to citizenship to its beneficiaries.


Commissioner upholds transfer of teachers by superintendent-receiver

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Kimberly A. Fanniff
Senior Staff Counsel

The commissioner of education recently issued a decision interpreting the authority of a superintendent-receiver to supersede actions of a board of education.

In Appeal of Williams, a school superintendent who is also the superintendent-receiver for the district's struggling middle school challenged a board resolution that imposed a moratorium on involuntary teacher transfers, the district's policy on teacher transfers as well as other board directives regarding transfers.


Safe and supportive environment is goal in Schenectady's 'trauma-sensitive' schools

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

It's shortly after lunch at Hamilton Elementary School in Schenectady, and Ashleigh Caster's students are stretched out on the floor of her second-grade classroom, eyes closed.

A recording of a woman's voice leads them through a soothing meditation: "Take a breath in through your nose ... Feel how your tummy gets like a big balloon ... Imagine you are lying on the grass in a beautiful park ... a very friendly butterfly comes to say 'hi' ."

Next, it's time for a lively round of rhythmic movement set to some silly lyrics - "Banana, banana, meatball!" - before turning to the first lesson of the afternoon.


Today's teens may not distinguish between a friend and a follower

On Board Online • December 11, 2017

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

In any generation, the social shoals of youth - especially in middle and high school - are treacherous for many students. Figuring out where one fits in the social hierarchy is a classic task and seldom an easy one, according to psychologists.

Whether a student feels popular among his or her peers no longer depends on who sits at what table in the lunchroom or what verdict peers render about one's shoes or outfit. Today, experts say, social status mostly plays out in cyberspace.


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